Monthly Archives - October 2021

The Batman – The Trailer

Here it is. Look at it. LOOK AT IT!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqqft2x_Aa4 That. Was. Awful. People whose opinions I normally respect are wetting themselves over this thing.   I’m clearly not seeing what they are seeing or else I’m seeing through what they’re seeing.  I admit I’m a little jaundiced about this movie because I know just how sleazy the backstory of how it came into being actually is.  You may remember that Ben Affleck was supposed to have a Batman project of his own, however, there was a mass execution of...

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Dune : First Impressions

If you are Dune fan this is the one you've been waiting for. It is a very grand spectacle. It's a throwback to films that are meant to be seen on a big screen. If you can see it on an IMAX screen, do so. I'll have a proper Dark Herald Recommends up soon(ish). If you have no interest in Dune, then don't crap up my comments going on and on about how you aren't going to see it. Your...

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Indiana Jones V Delayed One Year

There has been a big reshuffle of release dates for Disney movies. All of them have been delayed at least a few months. Now some of this is understandable. The Covid Coof looks like it is finally going from pandemic to endemic status, so a brief delay while people get used to going back to the theaters makes sense. Also, there is the serious possibility of a strike by the production workers union. The...

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The Dark Herald Recommends Squid Game

I’ve heard several reviewers claiming this series is like Battle Royale. It’s not.   It’s The Prisoner with a high body count and lots of gore. *** Spoilers from here on out. *** The title comes from a children’s game in Korea that is roughly analogous to King of the Hill.  It’s a last-man-standing kid’s game.  Although there is apparently some cultural significance to squids being an “unclean food” that I don’t understand, so that part is lost on me and most Americans.  It also doesn’t matter...

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I’m Back From the Dead…

... And I've brought someone with me! I always wanted to use that line. Anyway, the other living dead in question is John Lasseter. Who in all of ten minutes absolutely and completely owns his former company. Remember when Pixar could actually make something that could touch the heart? I know, I know it's been a while but there was a time it could make you laugh and cry in the space of a few minutes. And...

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It Came From the Eighties – A Random Horror Listicle

Ah, Horror.  The "lesser genre". Eternally demeaned, abused and snubbed by the elders of the film industry. Yet almost all of the major film makers started out in it.  The only genre that has produced more mainstream directors is no shit porn and I am not kidding about that. Rather than do some best of all time horror movies list  I will just concentrate on the 1980s. The Eighties represent a unique period in the genre.  You can't mistake those films for anything...

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Disney’s Jungle Cruise Tower of Woke (Part One)

REPOST 10/13/2021 There is an old adage in business; talent goes where the money is. There will shortly be a new adage; talent avoids where the Woke is. Google and Amazon became the powerhouses they are today because a generation ago (ouch) they were willing to spend big to get talent. And they got it. It says something about the level of people they were getting that one of the questions on Google’s employment application was, how many books have you written?  This...

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The Dark Herald Recommends Ford Vs Ferrari

Nothing pisses me off more than coming in Second. If I take third place, I’m still unhappy but I’m also calm and resigned. Show, was clearly going to happen long before I got to the end.  The game didn’t develop right.  I threw the dice on a play that didn’t work out.  The opportunity to pull ahead was never there.  Plain old bad luck is a genuine factor.  Like I said, unhappy but calm and resigned. I knew what was coming. Second place leaves me...

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Cleopatra: A Nationalist Heroine

REPOST: Still sick and yearning for death. Enjoy some more Best of the Dark Herald. Or don't. I honestly couldn't care less. Cleopatra VII would make for an intriguing Nationalist heroine today.  Her entire life was spent fighting for her country’s nationhood. It was a fight she lost but she gave it literally everything she had. The last native Egyptian dynasty ended when Psamtik III was defeated in the Persian invasion.  He was carried off in chains and later “committed...

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RE:View Terminator 2 – Judgment Day

REPOST from the old Dark Herald Blog. Still feeling too crappy to do much writing. Whatever Faustian bargain James Cameron seems to have made for his early mega successes with The Terminator and Aliens came due with The Abyss.  Despite positive reviews and a pretty decent story, the film was an abject disaster at the box office.  If there’s one thing that Hollywood loves more than overnight riches, it’s a meteoric fall. The wolves were scratching at James Cameron’s door....

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